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Old 12-31-2009, 06:37 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by pstrbrc View Post
The whole discussion about light wheels is kinda funny. Almost all of my driving is long distance two lane highway. So the acceleration (both positive and negative) of heavy wheels vs light wheels is truly irrelevant in any practical sense.
While the difference in rotational mass may not affect you on the highway, there is still the matter of static mass. If you save 10-15 pounds per wheel, thats 60 less pounds of unsprung weight you have to get moving. May not sound like much, but its like losing the back seat and installing buckets. They all add up. It's just a matter of the trade off of dollars per FE gained, and whether you think it's worth it given your driving conditions. Though in your case it would certainly seem that the biggest gains would come from aerodynamic mods.
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